Elin Nordegren Talks Tiger Woods in People Magazine Interview

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 22, 2014

Elin Nordegren, Tiger Woods' girlfriend, watches  four-ball competition at    the 2004 Ryder Cup in Detroit, Michigan, September 17, 2004. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/WireImage)
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It has been more than four years since the infidelity scandal of superstar golfer Tiger Woods rocked the sports world, and it seems time has healed some wounds between he and ex-wife Elin Nordegren.

In a new interview with Sandra Sobieraj Westfall of People magazine, Nordegren revealed that the relationship between herself and her former husband is a civil one.

Nordegren and Woods share custody of their two children, Sam and Charlie, and they live just 25 minutes away from each other in southern Florida. Nordegren even complimented Woods' parenting.

"I have moved on and I am in a good place," Nordegren said. "My relationship with Tiger is centered around our children and we are doing really good – we really are – and I am so happy that is the case. He is a great father." 

Although Nordegren and Woods went through a messy and highly publicized divorce, Nordegren isn't surprised that they have been able to mend some fences. The current situation is one Nordegren had hoped to achieve once the firestorm surrounding the scandal inevitably passed:

In the beginning, you tamp down the animosity for the kids' sake. I'm not going to deny that I went through the wringer. But I don't think I doubted we'd end up here. That was always my dream, that the kids can have two loving parents that show respect for each other. And I feel that's what they have.

Nordegren has clearly taken the high road, as she has shown no ill will toward Woods' girlfriend, world-class skier Lindsey Vonn, per E! Online:

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Woods' ex-wife has a lot on her plate right now, as she recently graduated with top honors from Rollins College. If there was any doubt about whether Nordegren has moved on, it was eradicated during her commencement speech.

According to The Huffington PostNordegren cracked a joke about her failed marriage in front of all her peers.

"When I entered my student adviser office in the fall of 2005 I was 25 years old and had just recently moved to America. I was married without children," Nordegren said. "Today, nine years later, I'm a proud American and I have two beautiful children ... but I'm no longer married." 

It couldn't have been easy for Nordegren to deal with such an immense betrayal and the subsequent media blitz, but she seems to have come out of it with a great mentality.

Nordegren deserves a ton of credit for handling the situation with class and for ensuring that her children have their father in their lives regardless of what he did to her personally.

Many people would have folded in such a situation, but Nordegren is unquestionably thriving.

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